Lacrosse Does Well Again in NCAA Graduation Rate Report

According to the NCAA Graduation Success Rate (GSR) data, which were released this week, lacrosse again fares extremely well compared to other sports for the 1999-2002 cohorts among schools in Division I (combined). Male lacrosse players had a GSR of 88%, which was highest among the sports in the survey, and had the third highest federal graduation rate at 72% (skiing was highest). Female lacrosse players were tied for second in GSR at 94% and tied for first with a federal rate of 84%.

GSR data, as well as the perhaps more familiar federal graduation rate data, are shown in the table below by gender and sport. For more information on the GSR, please see the NCAA web site.

[Note: The federal rate uses fall cohorts as a base, and from that a very small number of exclusions are made for deaths, military service, participation in church missions, etc. On the other hand, the GSR begins with the same cohort but adds freshmen who enter in January and transfers from two- and four-year colleges. It also includes non-scholarship athletes at schools not offering athletic aid. Finally, the GSR excludes students who left school while academically eligible. The upshot for the 1998-2001 cohort was that about 27,000 students were included in the GSR and not in the federal rate, and roughly 19,000 more students were excluded from the GSR but included in the federal rate. For the 1999-2002 cohorts, the GSR includes more than 102,000 student-athletes, while the federal rate is based on about 75,000.]


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